“We were flat tonight, it wasn’t our night…almost from the get go, we didn’t have much emotion in our game and it showed.” Enio Sacilotto, Royals Assistant Coach
|Sam Reinhart is stopped by Patrik Polivka|
The loss snaps the Royals 5 game win streak. The Ice have now won 11 straight at home.
The Ice held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0, and went up 4-0 in the third with a pair of goals just 35 seconds apart.
Sacilotto on the final two goals against,
“They got two quick one’s in the third period, and it was over after that – it was tough for us to come back.”
Steven Hodges scored the lone goal for Victoria who outshot Kootenay 15 –10 in the third but Mackenzie Skapski made 30 saves on the night for 2nd star honours and his 26th win.
“They had an important game too, they’re trying to get into playoffs and we’re trying to create a better position for the playoffs.”
Said Hodges about the significance of the contest, and the Royals late surge and physical play.
|2 Fights in the final minute|
A pair of fights errupted in the final minute, with Austin Carroll taking down Jordyn Boyd, and Logan Fisher landing the lions share of punches in a duel against Matt Thomas.
Patrik Polivka was relieved in the final frame after allowing 4 goals on 23 shots. Coleman Vollrath stopped 4 of 5.
Both clubs power plays went 0 for 3.
Kootenay also had two point nights from F Sam Reinhart (1g 1a), D Jagger Dirk (2a), and F Collin Shirley (2a).
With an assist, Austin Carroll extends his point streak to 4 games (2g 5a) and 7 points. Ben Walker had his 4 game run ended in which he collected 9 points.
With 32 wins, Victoria is just 1 victory and 6 points back from the franchise’s most successful season (33-31-4-4, 74pts) in 09-10.
Victoria now plays 3 in 3 nights on the road beginning in Red Deer Friday, Calgary Saturday and Edmonton Sunday to wrap up 6 games in the span of 10 nights.
Making his WHL debut with the club was ’95 born defenseman Isaac Schacher (SHOCK-er) who was signed to a contract earlier in the day. The 6’5”, 200lb rearguard currently plays for the Kimberley Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). So far this season, the 18-year-old has appeared in 45 games and has collected 36 points (14g-22a) to go along with 44 penalty minutes. Schacher’s 36 points also have him ranked sixth for scoring amongst defencemen in the 20-team league. Schacher wore jersey #6.
Injury Report as of Feb 11, 2013
#23 Kolton Dixon, D, lower body, day-to-day
#17 Alex Gogolev, F, lower body, 2 weeks
#28 Luke Harrison, F, upper body, indefinite
#16 Trent Lofthouse, F, upper body, 3 - 5 weeks
#19 Logan Nelson, F, lower body, day-to-day
- Marlon Martens
Victoria Royals 1 at Kootenay Ice 5 - Status: End of Game
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - Western Financial Place - Cranbrook, BC
Victoria 0 0 1 - 1
Kootenay 1 1 3 - 5
1, Kootenay, Muth 3 (Descheneau, Cable), 16:13.
Penalties-Carroll Vic (high sticking), 10:19.
2, Kootenay, Reinhart 29 (Dirk, Shirley), 3:00.
Penalties-Polivka Vic (tripping), 15:16.
3, Kootenay, Montgomery 24 (Dirk, Peel), 4:19.
4, Kootenay, Descheneau 15 (Shirley, Reinhart), 4:54.
5, Victoria, Hodges 23 (Carroll), 8:05.
6, Kootenay, Philp 17 (Descheneau), 16:36.
Penalties-Dirk Ktn (hooking), 8:37; Dirk Ktn (roughing), 12:42; Magee Vic (tripping), 14:47; Shirley Ktn (tripping), 16:11; Carroll Vic (cross checking, major-fighting), 19:06; Fisher Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 19:06; Boyd Ktn (major-fighting), 19:06; Thomas Ktn (instigator, major-fighting, game misconduct), 19:06.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 0 / 3;
Kootenay 0 / 3.
Victoria, Polivka 28-11-1-2 (23 shots-19 saves); Vollrath 2-6-0-1 (5 shots-4 saves).
Kootenay, Skapski 25-19-1-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Kevin Webinger (6), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Scott Sharun (103), Ian Shaver (74).